Learning resources

You'll find lots of information about the craftwork that's shown in our exhibitions and sold in our shop by local makers, here on our website and when you visit.

We provide interesting facts, ideas and background material (see right for exhibition guides and notes) which can include historical, technical background information, biographies of craftmakers, definitions, facts about the craftwork, the general subject area or craft discipline. There's also hands-on making activities in the gallery for visitors of all ages to create work in response to the exhibition.

Learning groups can also use our gallery for ARTSMARK and ARTS AWARD projects!

General education enquiries: phil.deburlet@crafts.org.uk   ArtsAward enquiries: education@crafts.org.uk
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MAKE IT REAL - visit our gallery

Main exhibition: Masters of Invention - graffiti art meets contemporary craft

18 May - 17 July 2019    The gallery is open daily 10am-5.30pm and is FREE ENTRY


You can download guidance notes about the exhibition below:

PDF education notes dopwnload'MASTERS OF INVENTION' guide 

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LARGE PRINT exhibition guide
You can also print out and view factoids, timeline, booklist + quiz in our RESOURCE PACK:

PDF education notes dopwnload Resource Pack (background, project ideas and quiz)

You can book an introductory gallery tour of the exhibition or come for a self-led session with your students/group: 01626 832223

What's it about?
Street art styles are a major area of interest for Errol Doanld (curator) and his five friends who are all showing work in this exhibition. This work is not 'graffiti' - but it is that syle which has most influenced their making. The 5 exhibitors have all experimented with new techniques to create furniture, ceramics, sculptures, textiles, lettercut and graphic artworks. You will see their pieces against an informational backdrop about graffiti culture and discover the various ways it's emerged in their current craft making. Most of the works are for sale.

Who's in it?
The 6 exhibitors are all professional artists/makers, who use design tools to craft work and make images that reference elements of graffiti style. They are:

Errol Donald, London. Lettering artist [Sculptural installation, Print-making]
Khashayar Naimanan, London/Munich. Artist, Sculptor, 3D Designer [Sculptural installation, Painting, Ceramics]
Boris Tellegen, Amsterdam. Artist, Sculptor [Sculptural installation]
MODE 2, Berlin. Artist [Painting, Graphic drawing]
Keith Hopewell, York. Artist [Painting]
Elk O’Sullivan, London. [Painting]

Materials: There is a display of original spay cans and pens used in actual graffiti art. But all the actual exhibits use very different materials such as wood, paint, metal, paper, textile and ceramics which have been treated in different ways - such as Khashayer's main wall piece which uses a process of acid rust erosion on to metal. Other artists use tradional canvas with acylic/oil paints.

Ideas: Graffiti is usually defined as illegal - but it is close to and sometimes  overlaps with street art, murals and public artworks - talk about why there are the different definitions and what you feel about them.
Also look at the background and history of writing on walls as a means of protest.
When and where was the earliest graffiti recorded? (Download and use Notes above for reference).
Which piece in the gallery has made the most impact on you? Sketch it, or take photos and say why it is meaningful for you? Do the QUIZ in the Resource Notes above!

Related event: 'Mindspray' - creative expression workshop for 12-18 yr olds with Errol Donald (30 June) £25

For hashtagging please use: #MatersOfInvention


Critical thinking, wellbeing & personal expression; Learning outside the classroom; Hybrid forms; How things are made/techniques; Creative careers & industries; Portraits, sculpture, landscapes; Urban art, design & buildings; Public art & communities; Messages, symbols, words, writing & storytelling

SUBJECT AREAS: (GCSE) English; History; Humanities; Social Sciences; Art; Design; Media Studies. (A, Dip. Foundation): Critical Thinking, Communication and Culture; Art; Art & Design; Design Technology; History of Art; Journalism; 3-D Design; Photography; Media Studies. (BA): Design & Media Fine Art; Creative Arts; Graphic Design; Illustration; Painting; Photography; Visual Communications; Art History & Visual Culture; Glass Ceramics Metalwork Jewellery; Photography. (MA): Contemporary Crafts; Art & Design.

Graphic design, graphic novels; Calligraphy, typography and lettering; Engraving; Stonecarving and furniture design; 3-d design; Illustration; Animation; Holographics and pixel art; Printmaking and stencil art; History - sub cultures and underground social protest movements; Archaeology and world cultures

DIY: Our maker-space in the gallery offers a hands-on activity, where you can use different materials to make shapes and decorate our large letter wall with folded graffiti style artwork of your own! (See below ... )

Masters-of-INvention-3D-grafiti-cubes_DGC   Making-in-Masters-of-Invention-Devon-Guild-activity

What else is on?

'Making Methods Madness' exhibiton of young SouthWest photographers (til 28 June)
What's next? 'The Summer Show' a selction of new craft works by Guild Members (July 19)

Free entry to exhibitions. Open 7 days a week 10am - 5.30pm

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AF  
01626 832223

[images, from top left]:
Pictures from the gallery maker space and 3-D graffiti cube making film by Devon Guild of Craftsmen


Kids in the galleryArranging a group visit

We are open daily 10am - 5.30pm and delighted to have visits from schools, colleges and community groups to our gallery. Please let us know in advance about your group visit - we can offer a short introductory tour and discuss any specialist needs. If there are over ten please ensure the group is accompanied by an appropriate number of adults. Tutors can download resources in advance from this page.

There is a cafe upstairs, adjacent and disabled parking and a large public park with playground just opposite our gallery.

To arrange a group/school visit please contact:

Philippa de Burlet (Education Officer): 01626 832223  


See MAP below:

POLICIES & RESEARCH: Art, craft & design - reading for educators

The documents below can be viewed or downloaded, and provide current research evidence and guidance for promoting art, craft and design in an educational setting to improve all round performance - also positive effects of these subjects on health and well-being such as in the latest Crafts Council research below:


Aesop-PHE-Arts-in-health-evaluation-framework studyGreat art and culture for everyone_ACEFuture in the Making-Crafts CouncilArt and Design Education Guide-ACECreative-courses-application-Guide-18
The AccessHE Creative HE Apply Guide offers information and support for learners interested in applying to creative HE courses who are otherwise discouraged from pursuing their passions for the Creative Arts.

Powerful Partnerships (2018) is a website resource - collection of case studies, tools and research to help creative organisations achieve powerful outcomes for young people through partnership working, view here: https://www.anewdirection.org.uk/powerful-partnerships-resource-library?mc_cid=38cfe41162&mc_eid=5d130310b4

New evidence Briefing: The Arts, Health and Wellbeing 9 May 2018: cultural learning alliance


Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week from the 14-20 May, CLA launched a new Briefing written in partnership with the children’s mental health charity a Place2Be.  Including a foreword from a Place2Be's President and Founder Dame Benita Refson, the briefing sets out why the arts make us happier and healthier and are key to supporting children’s good mental health. BRIEFING: 'Participating in the arts makes children happier and healthi'er

2017's Report 'Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing' was the previous published document on the same theme, produced after two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists, arts administrators, academics, local government, ministers, policy-makers and parliamentarians from both Houses of Parliament. 

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Archived exhibition notes

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Certaine Wytches (Mar-May '19)

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Get Fresh '19 (Jan-Mar 2019)

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Plate Up (Sept-Nov 2018)

PDF education notes dopwnload Summer Show 2018 Guide

PDF education notes dopwnloadA Year On Dartmoor - Exhibition Guide (May-July 18)

PDF education notes dopwnload Made to Commission (Mar-May '18)

PDF education notes dopwnload Jerwood Makers Open (Jan-Mar 18)

PDF education notes dopwnloadDead on Arrival (Sept-Nov 17)
contemproary taxidermy craft

PDF education notes dopwnloadThe Summer Show 
(July-Sept 17)

PDF education notes dopwnload Off the Surface - contemporary embroidery
 (May-July 17)

PDF education notes dopwnloadPour Me '17 - the jug form (Mar-May)

PDF education notes dopwnloadGet Fresh '17 - contemporary craft by new designer-makers (Jan-Mar)

PDF education notes dopwnloadSouvenirs from Home 

PDF education notes dopwnloadSouvenirs 
Info. Pt. 1 & 2

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Pine Feroda-collaborative making
of large wood cut prints.
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Make it OK! (Mar-May 16)
Stitch, textiles, upcycled media

 LAR. Print

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Line Up (Jan-Mar 16)
Interior styling: still lives

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Michael Honnor (Sept-Nov 15)
Painting & printmaking

PDF education notes dopwnloadFreehand (May-Jul 15)
Craft made in workshops

PDF education notes dopwnloadRe-making the Past (Mar-May 15)
Craft and archaeology

PDF education notes dopwnloadGet Fresh'15 exhibitor info.

PDF education notes dopwnloadHome Ground (Oct 14)
Craft, locality, environment

PDF education notes dopwnloadMaterials Matter (June 14)
Raw material & craft

TEXTILES: How to... knit & crochet
CLAY: Modelling techniques 4 kids

PDF education notes dopwnloadBeyond the Book (May 2014)
'Book art' & bookworks

PDF education notes dopwnloadNarrative Remains (Jan 2014)
Words & making-resources

PDF education notes dopwnloadIntolace (Oct. 2013)
Lace-making exhibition

PDF education notes dopwnloadMake a Mark (Jul 2013)
Summer craft exhibition

PDF education notes dopwnloadTEN out of TEN (May 2013)
Craft Fair Winners

PDF education notes dopwnloadGet Fresh, 2013
'Emerging makers'

PDF education notes dopwnloadCraft & Design courses
 SW college/uni list

PDF education notes dopwnload  Facts: Christmas
  Craft traditions

PDF education notes dopwnload  Rivers & Streams-Jem Southam

PDF education notes dopwnload  Yarner Wood on show at Devon Guild
  Heritage & ecology of Yarner Wood

PDF education notes dopwnload  Reaching for Gold, Summer 2012
  Olympic facts

PDF education notes dopwnload  Flag facts 2012
  History & design

PDF education notes dopwnload  Engaging the Senses 
  What is 'Multi-sensory' craft?

  Blue-exhibition           PDF education notes dopwnload
  Indigo in ceramic & textiles

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  Ceramics: willow pattern

PDF education notes dopwnload  Voices, Jan-Feb 2012
  Textile facts: quilting

PDF education notes dopwnload  Signs for Sounds, Oct 2011
  Letterforming & calligraphy

PDF education notes dopwnload  Up-close, Mar-Apr 2011
  Printmaking facts

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  Printmaking: a glossary

PDF education notes dopwnload  John Makepeace Furniture 2010
  Bio: a life in design

  PDF education notes dopwnloadTrees, wood
  & woodworking

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  Design: a glossary

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  Furniture: a history